Houses & buildings

With over 300 historic buildings in our care, from the grand and imposing to the small and quirky, you're spoilt for choice when planning a visit.

Historic site: Runnymede

Riverside site of the sealing of Magna Carta © NTPL/John Millar

Riverside site of the sealing of Magna Carta

Runnymede, Surrey
Seen by many as the birthplace of modern democracy, this monument, set in its picturesque landscape by the Thames, marks King John's historic sealing of the Magna Carta 800 years ago on 15 June 1215.

Great houses: Chartwell

Chartwell © NTPL/Charlotte Ruddock


Chartwell, Kent
Chartwell was the much-loved Churchill family home. The rooms remain much as they were when he lived here, with pictures, books and personal mementoes on display evoking the career of a great statesman, writer and family man.

Great houses: Lyme Park

Beautiful light reflecting the Orangery © NTPL/National Trust / Alan Novelli

Beautiful light reflecting the Orangery

Lyme Park, House and Garden, Cheshire
Lyme Park was once home to the Legh family. Step back in time to the Edwardian era - enjoy lavish interiors, try out the piano, read a book in the library, or take the children to dress up on the stage.

Great houses: Tyntesfield

Marvel at Tyntesfield’s beautiful Gothic architecture © NTPL/National Trust / Alan Novelli

Marvel at Tyntesfield’s beautiful Gothic architecture

Tyntesfield, North Somerset
This fine Victorian country house was created by one of England's richest commoners. Spiralling turrets and pinnacles adorn the roof and ornate stone carvings complete the Gothic look, giving the feel of a mysterious, fairytale mansion.

Great houses: Tredegar House

Enjoy a stroll through dappled sunlight toward the Victorian entrance © NTPL/The National Trust

Enjoy a stroll through dappled sunlight toward the Victorian entrance

Tredegar House, Newport
Tredegar House is one of the architectural wonders of Wales and one of the most significant late 17th-century houses in the whole of the British Isles. Set in 90 acres of garden and parkland, Tredegar was home to one of the greatest Welsh families.

Great houses: Stoneywell

South front of Stoneywell, Leicestershire © NTPL/National Trust/Andrew Butler

South front of Stoneywell, Leicestershire

Stoneywell, Leicestershire
Built as a summer home by Arts and Crafts architect-designer Ernest Gimson for his brother Sydney, Stoneywell zigzags from its rocky outcrop, amid rhododendrons and heather. Due to its size, booking is essential.

Ideas for your day out

Our movie map

Damian Lewis riding in the grounds of Montacute as Henry VIII in Wolf Hall

Damian Lewis riding in the grounds of Montacute as Henry VIII in Wolf Hall

Many of our houses and estates have starred in films and television series over the years. From our early appearances alongside Cary Grant in the '60s to modern day blockbusters like Downton Abbey and Wolf Hall. Explore our movie map of more recent films featuring our places.

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Family history

Many of our places have fascinating stories to tell of the people and families who lived there. From the 'King of all Indians' and the mystery of the Money Pond at Upton House, to the various Philips and Simons of Erddig.


There are plenty of fantastic treasures to be found in our houses, from great works of art and working steam engines, to costumes and dolls houses. Whet your appetite before you visit with our online collections website.

Life below stairs

Many of our historic houses are known for the grand, opulent and luxurious rooms where the families who originally owned them lived in comfort. The flip side to these spaces were the kitchens, sculleries, dairies, butlers' pantries and servant quarters.

Houses with famous stories to tell

How you can help

Just by visiting us you're helping us to continue the important work we do to maintain our houses and buildings, but sometimes we need a little extra help. Quarry Bank, Knole and Powis Castle all need your support.